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Going Public: Oral History, New Media and the Performing Arts brings together individuals using interdisciplinary methodologies founded on the core values of collaboration, transparency and shared authority to explore the social, political, and aesthetic dimensions of contemporary international public art practice. 

On the Move is an oral history project exploring people’s experience of traveling for work, based at the Centre for Oral History & Digital Storytelling at Concordia University.

Directed by Steven High, Centre for Oral History and Digital Storytelling; and Dr. Barbara Neis (Memorial University).



Youth Constructions of Identity and Territoriality in Working-class and Immigrant Neighbourhoods is a research project that studies how youth culture is produced in working-class and immigrant neighbourhoods. This project seeks to contribute to a better understanding of popular culture as a form of identity rooted in the past and a projected future within a specific territory. 



People from sexual or gender minorities (LGBTQI), people living with HIV, and people with an experience in sex work face similar issues of social exclusion and discrimination. Some individuals who belong to these groups take the step of telling their personal stories, giving testimonials to the media or using them in the context of educational or artistic activities in order to raise awareness, strengthen advocacy, challenge stereotypes, or express a creative idea. These stories can take many forms (radio or TV interviews, newspaper articles, public presentations, videos uploaded to YouTube, film, theatrical performances, visual art, blogs, etc.).



The “Life Stories of Montrealers Displaced by War, Genocide, and other Human Rights Violations” Community-University Research Alliance ("Montreal Life Stories" CURA) was an oral history project which explored Montrealers’ experiences and memories of mass violence and displacement. From 2007 to 2012, a team of both university and community-based researchers recorded life story interviews with more than 500 Montreal residents.

Liz Miller

Mapping Memories: Participatory Media, Place-based Stories & Refugee Youth is a collaborative media project which uses personal stories and a range of media tools (video, sound walks, mapping, photography) to better understand the experiences of youth with refugee experience in Montreal.

The COHDS was a partner in the coordination and production of a performance that took place between June 20th and 26th 2014 at the Montreal Centre for Sustainable Development.  Montreal was the third stop for this international production initiated by Christina Friedrich and Michael Brauchli.  Th


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